Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Little Red Wagon #222

Hello!  This week at Little Red Wagon, Tracy is challenging us to create a card for a child.

I really had lots of fun with this challenge.  I went outside my normal style and used my Silhouette to create a die-cut boat for my card. 

I used a decorative straw for the mast and a border punch to create the water.  The sentiment was printed on my computer.

Thanks for a fun challenge, Tracy! I now have a card that I can give to a sweet little boy that I know.

Now it is your turn to create a card for a child and be sure to link it up at Little Red Wagon. We love when you play along :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Little Red Wagon #221

With all the cleaning and organizing that I have been doing since the new year began, I thought that the perfect challenge for Little Red Wagon this week would be Clean & Simple! I love the look of a clean and simple design on a card and I can't wait to see what everyone does with this challenge.

This is the card that I created:

There is a special somebody that is having a birthday in the near future, so I created this card for her.  I kept it very clean and simple.  Just a simple digi image that I colored with my Copics and a sentiment that I printed on my computer.

The bakers twine topped it all off and there you have it!

If you feel inspired, why not create a clean & simple card and share it with us at Little Red Wagon?  We would love if you played along :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

2013 Book List

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies.  I like it as much as I do scrapbooking or gardening or any of the other very exciting activities in my life! lol  I feel fortunate to belong to a great Book Club as it forces me to read genre's outside of my norm and I love the lively discussions that result from our picks. (The food and wine we enjoy at our meetings aren't bad either!)

I like to keep track of the books I read on the side-bar of my blog and at the end of the year I copy the list into a blog post.

Here is my list for 2013:
  • The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
  • The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • Reunion by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (BC)
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (BC)
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  • The Housmaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
  • The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • Divine by Karen Kingsbury
  • He's Gone by Deb Caletti
  • The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro
  • The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
  • More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter
  • Invisible by Carla Buckley
  • A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale
  • Remember by Karen Kingsbury
  • Redemption by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski (BC)
  • I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (BC)
  • A Sweethaven Christmas by Courtney Walsh
  • The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
  • Sanctuary by David and Beverly Lewis
  • The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
  • Ask Again Later by Jill A. Davis
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden (BC)
  • The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore
  • Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn
  • Lethal by Sandra Brown
  • One Week in December by Holly Chamberlin
  • Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (BC)
  • Carmel by the Sea by Sandra Briker
  • The Bridesmaid by Beverley Lewis
  • Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
  • One Summer by David Baldacci
  • Reunion by Therese Fowler
  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (BC)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (BC)
  • The Fiddler by Beverley Lewis
  • Return by Karen Kingsbury
  • Rejoice by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Parting by Beverly Lewis
  • The Forbidden by Beveryly Lewis
  • The Longing by Beverly Lewis
  • BC = Book Club Pick
Clearly I had lots of time to read!

I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of good books for Christmas, so I already have something to start off the new year with!  And in case you are wondering, that is not a photo of my reading space.  But it is a photo of a reading space that I would love to have someday!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator - January 2014

Welcome to our January Inspiration Elevator challenge. Each month our group is challenged to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. Be sure to check out our Inspiration Elevator Blog to see all of our previous challenges.

Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Jodi Wilton and here is her challenge:
"The New Year is always about bettering ourselves; looking into the future, and making goals (some attainable, some not so much). Scrapbooking is about recording the story and most of these stories are in the past, so we don't forget the memories we created. For this challenge I would like you to scrapbook yourself, your family, or a particular family member and where you (or them) would like to be in ten years time. The focus for this challenge is on the journaling. Your layout or art journal may be in the form of a letter to your future self. Your layout may or may not have any photo at all and be all about the journaling. Dip deep! Really think about what you can (or they can) accomplish! What are your dreams? What are your goals? Good luck ladies!"

It was hard for me to look to the future for this challenge.  I guess I am a 'here and now' type of person with more short term goals rather than trying to look too far ahead to the future.  Maybe it is the stage of life that I am at - our sons are almost grown, well on their way to very happy and productive futures, my hubby and I are in a comfortable place enjoying all that life has to offer, I love my job and my hobbies.  I have also learned to be very grateful for all the blessings in my life and I guess my main goal is to always maintain that sense of gratitude - no matter what life brings.

With that being said, I was able to list a few things that I do look forward to and I incorporated that list on my layout.

The inspiration for my design came from a free cut file offered by Nicole Nowosad at Scrapbook & Cards Today.  I am still not very comfortable with my Silhouette Cameo so I challenged myself to use the files on my layout. I had to resize them and add cut lines to them, which was all new to me!

I began the flow of my layout with the current year, 2014, and ended with 2024, 10 years from now. The only photo I added was a selfie that I took a couple of days ago. 

The arrow and the geo-tag give direction to the layout and help to establish the sense of time passing and the arrival of a future date.

I used some Simple Stories 'Her' Sn@p! cards along with Bella Blvd. paper and did lots of cutting and layering.

I found the perfect quote on the paper that seemed to summarize my outlook on life. I am a very positive person and I like to look at each day in hopeful trust that something good will come from it.  This felt like the perfect element to add to my layout.

My journaling is simple - but honest.  My family is my life and as long as we are all healthy and happy, life is good!  With that being said, yes, I do hope our sons get married to wonderful women and, YES, I do hope I am blessed with grandbabies some day!  I also hope that we are able to travel to the many places on our wish list.    

Last, but not least, I did a little cluster at the bottom of the page with the simple phrase, 'she believed'.  I hope that in 10 years time, I can say that I did in fact arrive at a place that is truly wonderful!

I hope you will visit each of the blogs on our Design Team to see what they did with this challenge.  I am sure you will be touched and inspired by their creations.

If you feel inspired to play along with our challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator Blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We would love to see what you make!

Little Red Wagon #220

It's Wednesday and time for another challenge from Little Red Wagon.  This week is Rosanne's turn to post the challenge and she has chosen a colour challenge.  She wants us to create something inspired by Pantone's color of the year - orchid (purple).

I decided to create a card and used my Copic markers to color this adorable image from Sassy Cheryl.

I have to begin by saying that purple is one of my least favourite colors [sorry to all the purple fans out there] and I had to dig really, really deep to find a paper in my wagon that I could work with!  I finally found this sweet dotted paper and then I started coloring the snowman to match.  It wasn't as painful as I thought it would be.  In fact, purple and I may have a newfound respect for each other!

And there you go!  My very first purple card! I hope you will join in the challenge this week and link up your card at Little Red Wagon.  We always love seeing what you create :)

I am also entering this into Sassy Cheryl's challenge - Winter Blues.  Even though my card is purple and not blue, it does have her adorable winter image on it!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Little Red Wagon #219

Janice has issued an easy challenge over at Little Red Wagon this week.  She wants to see an all-occasion card - a card for no specific reason or event.

I actually had fun with this!  I just dug into some of the goodies in my wagon and put a few things together.

I pulled a journal card, a tag, a sun element and a sentiment that all had the same coloring and created a fun little card.

Then I added a button (of course!) and a little flower brad with twine.  It feels good to create something all bright and sunny during this very cold winter!

We would love to have you join in on this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon!  Just link up your card and we will be sure to visit your blog to see what you created :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top 10 of 2013

Scrapbooking is such an exciting journey for me.  Yes, I said journey, not hobby.  That is because when I scrapbook I feel like I am on a creative road that has no boundaries or ending.  Each little creation, every new design, is a visible expression of the creative process for me.  It can be in the form of a card, a layout, an altered item or a home decor paper craft, but each creation is a giving birth to something new for me and it gives me such joy!

It is common for scrapbookers to post their Top 10 layouts and I thought I would do that again this year.  It is a nice summary of where my journey has led me over the past twelve months.  (I love looking back over my Top 10 for 2012 and it was fun going back over this past year as well.)

Here are my Top 10 for 2013 in no particular order.  If you click on the layout, it will take you to the original post on my blog.

Oops!  I ended up with twelve - lol!  But I just can't narrow it down to 10!

Each of these layouts has made my Top 10 for different reasons. For most of them, I remember the process of creating them, the careful choosing of the photos, products and techniques I used.  For others, I just love the finished design!  But for all of them, they have each captured a special memory for me, and that brings joy to my heart.

Thanks for looking ~

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Little Red Wagon #218

Happy New Year!  It seems like a lifetime ago that I was wishing you a Merry Christmas, but it has only been one week.  One very busy week that included lots of cooking, entertaining, eating, gifts, travel, and family as we celebrated a wonderful Christmas.  Now it is the first day of 2014 and we have a brand new challenge for you at Little Red Wagon!

Jayne is the first one up for the new year and she wants to see something 'NEW' - a design that has to do with a new baby, new home, new job, etc. or even using a new tool/paper/embellishment, etc. 

I decided to create a new home card as I know a couple of people that have recently moved into new homes.

My card includes a digi image that I colored with my Copic markers, some paper I found in the very bottom of my wagon and some twine and a button.

I kept it fairly clean and simple and created the sentiment using my computer. 

Be sure to stop by Little Red Wagon to join in the fun.  The blog has had a nice facelift and we have a couple of new Design Team Girlfriends!  We are also saying good-bye to Regan and Tammy - we will miss their amazing talent.

We are looking forward to an awesome year of fun challenges at Little Red Wagon :)

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